Weight loss surgery is expensive as it requires a dedicated setup and a support of multidisciplinary team. The team comprises of endocrinologist, psychologist, cardiologist, pulmonologist, rehabilitation specialist, nurses, nutritionist, bariatric surgeon and anaesthetist. The equipment used during the laparoscopic surgery and the disposables add substantially to the cost. Postoperative recovery is long, requiring multiple reviews and investigations in the hospital.
Though one gets a better quality of life with an increased life expectancy, there is a heavy price to be paid in dollars. It may not affect people who are rich or are covered by medical insurance for the metabolic complications of obesity (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and sleep apnoea). The obesity does not affect rich people only, but the incidence is increasing in all sections of society. They also deserve to improve their quality of life by undergoing obesity surgery when indicated.
An affordable solution is available in Mexico. The relative expenditure in USA and Mexico for various procedures is shown below. In many situations a complete package is offered which includes cost of hospital admission, hotel stay, medications, surgery and transportation.
|Surgical procedure|| Package cost of Surgery in US
|Package cost of Surgery in Mexico (approx.)|
|Lapband||$ 21,000||$ 5,000|
|Gastric Sleeve||$ 22,000 to $ 30,000||$ 4,500 to $ 9000|
|Gastric Bypass||$ 25,000||$ 7,000 to $ 11,000|
|Duodenal Switch||$ 20,000 to $ 30,000||$ 7,500|
The package also covers for surgical consultations before surgery and during one year follow-up after surgery. All drugs prescribed in the hospital are not charged. A complete travel plan is offered to the prospective patient.
A reduced cost of package does not imply any compromise of quality of services or the surgery. A highly experienced team of surgeons use the latest technology, modern equipment and state of the art facilities. For more…
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